About Us

Who We Are

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Why Does Book Access Matter?

One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home (McGill-Franzen & Allington, 2009). But according to the U.S. Department of Education, up to 61% of low-income families do not have any books for their kids at home.


Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.

Our Impact

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60,000+ Libraries


80+ Countries


Millions of Books Exchanged Annually

What We Do

Our staff is dedicated to increasing book access and forging community connections by helping people around the globe start and maintain Little Free Library book exchanges. Watch the adjacent video to get a 30-second introduction to how Little Free Libraries work, and how you can start one, too!


We provide support to our volunteer Little Free Library stewards by providing free building instructions, online resources and ongoing support from Little Free Library staff, access to free or discounted books through our partners, and an online store that offers Library kits and pre-built Library models.


We also maintain a world map of registered Little Free Libraries to help people find and share books wherever they are, and we donate Little Free Libraries to communities where they can make a big difference and provide access to books through our Impact Library Program.

Did You Know?


3 out of 4 people report they’ve read a book they normally would not have read because of a Little Free Library


73% of people say they’ve met more neighbors because of a Little Free Library


92% of people say their neighborhood feels like a friendlier place because of a Little Free Library

Statistics are based on an informal survey of over 3,000 Little Free Library stewards and fans conducted by Little Free Library staff in October 2017.

Milestones and More Information

We were recently named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by the Great Nonprofits Organization! Discover more of our milestones and awards.

Little Free Library is also the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers Award, the Women’s National Book Association’s Second Century Prize, and the Library of Congress Literacy Award

Looking to learn more? Meet the Little Free Library staff, learn how Little Free Library got started, or check out our recent media stories.

If you’re a member of the press, please review our press resources.

Partners and Friends

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